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Ronald Koeman Confirms Barcelona January Approach, Talks Frenkie de Jong

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Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed Barcelona spoke to him in January about replacing Ernesto Valverde.

The Catalan giants ultimately replaced Valverde with Quique Setien after letting slip a winning position to lose 3-2 to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final.

Per Goal's Sam France, former Barca player Koeman was asked if the club approached him: "Yes. I said 'no' because I am with the national team."

Koeman has been in charge of the Dutch national team since 2018, and this summer he'll take charge of the team at a major tournament for the first time at UEFA Euro 2020, having guided them to the UEFA Nations League final last year.